The December 2012 edition of Research & Practice looks at results from the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI), which was administered to students enrolled in Strategies for College Success 101 (SCS) during the spring 2012 semester.
Part of the SCS assessment plan is to ascertain how students in the course perform on the LASSI. This instrument of 80 questions assesses student “awareness about the use of learning and study strategies related to skill, will and self -regulation components of strategic learning” (LASSI Manual).
The assessment plan imbedded in the SCS 101 course indicates that students will be able to apply these strategies for setting goals, managing time, taking notes, preparing for and taking tests, and using textbooks. These skills are learned through classroom presentations, group work and homework assignments. Pre- and post-tests were given to assess growth during the SCS 101 course.
The greatest gain occurred with students in their ability to prepare for an exam. The skill set of Concentration had the second largest increase over the course of the semester. Concentration helps students to focus their attention on school-related activities, such as studying and listening in class. Anxiety was the scale with the third largest increase.
The results seem to suggest that students who took the LASSI experienced growth in all ten areas the inventory measured.
~ by Whitney Etter